Dale's Pale Ale | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

BA SCORE
88
very good
7,315 Ratings
THE BROS
81
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Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States
oskarblues.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 10-08-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,315
Reviews:
1,950
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
11.73%
 
 
Wants:
185
Gots:
1,645
For Trade:
7
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Photo of hmf05
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an orange/gold with a rocky three finger head.

S- Smells like hops wrapped in caramel.

T- Nice fresh, clean hops. I don't get grapefruit, but i get other citrus like orange and lemon. There is a sweet and creamy caramel presence that keeps the brew balanced.

M- Medium carbonation and a thin to medium body. There is a slightly dry aftertatse.

O- An extremely sessionable pale ale. Not quite as intense as an ipa, but it is a stand out for the style. If I were offered this or Sierra Nevada, I would demand a Dale's Pale Ale!

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Pale Ale by Oskar Blue’s has 6.5% ABV and 65 IBUs making it a sort of 65 Minute Pale Ale.

Look-It pours a mild haze wrapped in amber orange blossom honey with flecks of gold in the right light. The head is bready and frothy.

Smell-It smells of citrus orange and orange peel zest with plenty of hops, but tampered with some rich malts.

Taste-The flavor is bursting with orange and citrus and ample bitter hops rich in piney resin and hoppy goodness. The malts come through as a caramel and honey type flavor. Medium-bodied.

Overall-It is a great go-to beer and I’ll definitely try it again!

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Photo of Travlr
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught at Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont Circle. Clear amber with a medium white head and nice lacing. Aroma of black pepper and lemon. Flavor is a very nice balance between the subtle hoppy bitterness and the malt. Not over the tops as some American IPAs are. Nicely done.

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Photo of paytoplay
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mouthfeel and drinkability are what sets this beer apart. Made me very impressed with this brew. On Tap at Hamiltons in SD CA. Nice smooth texture, has a weight to it. Smooth balanced finish. Very easy to drink. Minerals, and more malt than hop. Slightly hoppy nose. Subtle complexity. Really to eash to drink. I hope this texture carries thru to the canned version. I'll be seeking it out for sure now.

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Photo of Kendo
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the can into a Spirit Haus pint glass, the result is a clear coppery-amber body with a 1.5-finger antique white head on top. Lots of bubbles rise up to refortify the head, which remains present the entire way down the glass at about 1/4-inch. Lots of clumps of foamy lacing stick to the glass all the way down. Nice presentation.

S: Pop the can and it's a big nose of oily grapefruity hops right away. After the pour the impression remains: juicy citrus fruit in general, but with a hint of malt sweetness underneath. It smells bigger than an APA -- almost like a DIPA at first, but as it warms, the nose softens a bit.

T: Like you'd expect from the nose: oily sweetness at first blush, which is followed in the middle of the taste by the juicy citrus flavors -- grapefruit and sweet oranges predominantly. It finishes with a hint of pine sap, and the aftertaste lingers with a dry, minerally at times lemony bitter coating. It leaves a real substantial coating on the mouth with what seems like a minerally or slightly metallic dry but bitter taste. A glass of water would help to "reboot" the taste buds after that assault.

M: Given the oily and juicy tastes and smells, it finishes surprsingly dry. Also has a decent fizzy feel to it from the carbonation. I thought it was light-to-medium in body.

D: Good. This went down fast, and that lingering bitter aftertaste really encouraged the next sip.

Notes: I think this is pretty darned close to IPA territory, and like I said, the nose at first blush even seems strong enough to remind me of a DIPA. Great beer in a can. Check it out.

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Photo of athensbeermaster
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint of this at Taco Mac. A rich golden slightly orange color.
With a one and half inch head creamy tan color. Small bubbles that continue for a while. Good carbonation! nice even lacing all the way down the entire glass. Swell of rich caramel and oily pine.
Mouthfeel was full body and creamy. The midpalate had some tropical friut tones and rich caramel. The finish had more hops showing thru with nice grapefruit and oily pine taste. The only difference I noticed having it on draft than in the can was the oily pine flavor stood out more!

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Photo of HardTarget
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Sticky lace from a solid tight head. Glass is a slightly hazy gold amber.

Smell: Candy sweet malt almost overwhelms the grassy, grapefruit hops.

Taste: Hops are a bit tea like, but full and tasty. A firm bitter and a full malt body meet to form a balanced package.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation, medium body, oily finish.

Overall: A great beer, love the flavor, love the lower alcohol higher volume punch it gives, almost a XPA.
Recommended!

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Photo of xnicknj
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass

A - Pours a pleasant dark auburn which is just clear enough to see through. The head immediately bubbles up to about a finger high, leaving sticky lacing all over the pint glass.

S - Plenty of pine hops, along with a little malt base that remains in the background enough to allow the hops to shine through.

T - Another bold flavor from OB which easily blows away many other pale ales. The citrus and pine hops explode everywhere, while the malt sweetness slowly peeks through towards the end. This really combines nicely with the beer's natural dry finish but fades away eventually.

M - Smooth, yet very carbonated, along with a noticeably potent bitterness which can leave your palate a little dry for this style.

D - This is almost dangerously quaffable, as the pumped up ABV (for american pale ales at least) can sneak up pretty quick. It's somewhat difficult to only have one after polishing off a frosty pint of this guy.

Awesome stuff from OB here - DPA is almost a pale ale in name only in certain respects, as the huge flavor and almost overdose of hops create a pretty unique brew. Once again, it's tough to miss with OB.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep hazy orange color with a light tan creamy medium to small head that dissapates fast but leaves thick enveloping lace. After good aggitation of the the second pour, the head is medium sized and stays very well.

The aroma is hoppy at first with fresh grapefruit and orange citrus and very floral, but that fades into big caramel malty wofts, giving the hops a big hug. Aaahh....

The flavor is blanced with more maltiness up front then fades to hops in the end. And leaves a soft bitterness lingering. No alcohol, which is always a plus.

The mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy and smooth.

This I could drink all night, almost a session beer, but a little too high in alcohol, which is not a bad thing. Nevertheless, very drinkable.

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Photo of BrianQuinn
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gaben
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ohh man goot olde dale's pale.. I recently just had this stuff bout a week ago. My friends store just got all there type of beers shipped in and was draw too the can and 9 dollars a six pack price.

Overall a great beer... I was usualy drinking this out of the can but I got to pour one into a cup, and man was it looking good. Id say it looks bout the same as a dogfishhead 90 min.

The smell was alot smiliar to the dogfish , but didnt burn ur nose with the overall hoppy smell.

Now the taste is were its at, Id say by far probably one of my more favorite pale ale's out there if not the one. Very hoppy and very goot smooth taste.

Drinkability is pretty standerd ,, You just got to think of money first though, so a six pack is always good for the taste.

Had a blast with this stuff , so feel free so pick some up if your feeling goot!

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Photo of dankster
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into pint glass.

Appearance is deep amber color with about one finger of white head.

Smell is very bready with a wallop of hops on the nose.

Taste is awesome for something out of a can, very big hop aftertaste with good notes of malt on the front.

A little soapy mouthfeel is the one downfall to this beer.

overall a great beer to take on a hike or camping. I love what oskar blues is doing by making great beer portable!

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Large 'Stovepipe' can with the classic blue, red and silver artwork. A fantastic looking design with everything we want in beer artwo to yet something you could still see your grandfather drinking straight from the can. I poured this gem into a nonic style pint glass. I must say the 'stovepipe' is my favorite way to buy Dale's pale ale from now on. Perfect!

A - copper color with an light amberish hue. Bright white head poured with some size and sat nice n plump atop my glass. It subsides to a fairly nice blanket of the same color with good stick.

S - fantastic pale ale aroma. Bright citrus and pine resin from the hop bill. Sweet breadiness to the malt with some subtle notes of hop spice.

T - not quite as balanced as the nose as the hops do the pushing with Dale's. Citrus notes fade quickly to a big jolt of pine resin and a mild hop spice. The sweet bread malt does lay enough backbone to allow one to really sit down and enjoy this pale ale. A one after one setting if you would like. As much as the hops throw themselves forward they nearly vanish in a very crisp, clean finish.

M - this is where the class of breweries are separated for me. Even pale ales should have some thickness and texture to them which Dale's definitely does. No matter the abv in ales the best breweries provide great texture and a thick mouth coating experience. Oskar Blues does this perfectly for this style. Flavorful and enjoyable

O - Dale's Pale Ale is one of the many many great classic craft beers and is still going strong today. This little gem has always been the foundation of who Oskar Blues as a brewery is and remain to this very day. Easy to find and always with a fresh date. This is one I find myself drifting to more and more seems like and rightfully so. It's a great beer and highly enjoyable.

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Photo of DrJones
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of usmittymc
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a tumbler glass.

A: Liquid amber pours from the can and generates a dense, frothy, off-white head.

S: Citrus. Hops. That's it and it's great.

T: Bitter, citrusy hop flavors (grapefruit, apple dominate) are neatly backed by a faint malt sweetness that disappears as quickly as it reveals itself. Very, very nice.

M: Excellent carbonation. Smooth on the palate. almost creamy.

D: I have and will in the future consume copious amounts of this brew in a session. Very sessionable, very flavorful. Excellent brew.

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Photo of Doublicious
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Particulate-choked pumpkin with butternut edges. The initially zesty carbonation settled down within minutes, having created a lovely looking head of pastel orange that looks to be chock full of hop oils. It's melting impossibly slowly and is leaving a nearly completely covered glass in its wake. A truly first-class look.

The nose is absolutely loaded with at least one, and probably a few, of the 4-Cs. Oskar Blues will only admit to 'four kinds of American hops', but there's no doubt that grapefruit peel and oranges are on parade. More specifically, brown sugary, pine sap-dipped, candied grapefruit and orange zest chunks. Many IPAs would be proud to have a nose this hopaliciously good.

Dale's Pale Ale isn't quite as stunning on the palate. I can't say that I've had another beer from a can that tasted as much like the can as this one does. I'm sure these things are lined in this day and age, but there's a definite metallic quality to the flavor that isn't sitting well with me. Thankfully, the metal fades quickly and is all but gone by the third mouthful. In its place is a firmly hoppy pale ale that isn't as brilliant as the nose implied. It's no slouch, but I'm not tempted to reach for any words more complimentary than 'good'.

This is definitely a well-malted APA. There's too much caramel for my tastes, but at least the brewers have seen fit to balance it (some would say overbalance it) with a boatload of hops. Dale's is a larger-than-life pale ale, one of the biggest I've had, but it still doesn't knock Alpha King from its perch. The abundant ingredients result in a long, lingering finish that highlights the clinging resinousness of the hops.

As already alluded to, the mouthfeel is medium-full in general and bursting at the seams for the style. Rarely do pale ales achieve this degree of viscous chewability and mouthcoating stickiness. Carbonation works behind the scenes to lighten things a little and very nearly fails in the attempt.

Before popping the tab, I wondered whether Dale's Pale Ale would supplant my favorite canned beer of all-time, Caldera Pale. Caldera's version is my clear favorite, although from what I remember, the scores are similar. This is an excellent choice (when glass is verboten) for those hopheads lucky enough to have access.

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Photo of Pencible
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a hazy bright copper with a bit of light tan head. It smelled like strong orange and copper hops with light honey malt and some lemon yeast. It tasted like a sweet and bitter blend of orange, peach, and copper hops balanced with honey malt. It was somewhat thick with no carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a great pale ale with nice, clean taste and great body. It wasn't as boring or bland as most other pale ales. Another success for Oskar!

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Photo of toler13
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GerryPendry
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nje
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of secondtooth
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich and clean amber with a thick, off-white head. Lace is exquisite and detailed, even after pouring from the can!

Aroma is perfectly balanced -- a melding of toasty malts and citrus hop snappiness. Absolutely lovely.

Taste is pleasantly hopped, with citrus and pine notes dominating (yet without any element of bitterness). If this brew is anything, it's well-balanced. Delicious, sessionable, and a classic beer I'll seek out again.

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Photo of AaronTyburski6
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

One of my GOTOs! Great pale ale, with enough ibu's to be considered an IPA. Easy drinking but full of flavor, slightly piney with citrus. Very solid.

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Photo of generalnotsew
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Somewhere in between an APA and IPA. Or maybe more like a bastard child of APA, IPA, Pilsner and Lager. Head not so great and not really a lot going on with the color.

S: This DOES smell like an IPA. It is actually down right fruity. They seem to beat the hops back down. Reminds of me of a Hop Wallop to be exact. Sweet tangy grapefruit. Not what a Pale Ale should smell like but I do like it. And yes the can is pretty fresh.

T: Hmmm. The sweetness carries through big time but has a hell of a hop finish. I do mean sweet. Fruitiest Pale Ale I have ever had. But it does pack a pretty decent hop bitterness. I really do like it a lot.

M: Extremely oily. A bit too much to be exact. Not something I really pay attention to in my beer but it sure does make itself known. Other than the carbonation is just great.

D: Gets high marks here. You can probably sneak this can on your macro drinking buddies and they would like it. So yes this stuff is highly drinkable for a craft lover.

I bet this score won't come out like I want it to. I really, really love this beer. They nail it on the taste. I really don't care that much about how it looks or feels in my mouth. This stuff is a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a pint glass a hazed light copper orange color. A thin off-white head foams and recedes into a light cap barely resting on the surface of the beer.

Citrusy hops and a fruity bouquet as well as a sweet scent make up the nose.

This medium-bodied brew tastes of cereal grains, with a fair amount of hoppy bitterness throughout with a slightly sweet aftertaste of alcohol. Pretty easily drinkable.

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